Their game on Monday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West will be Cumberland Americanâ€™s seventh straight on television. It will also be the teamâ€™s fourth consecutive appearance on the national networks of ESPN.
Not a big deal? Consider this contrast, then.
The NBAâ€™s Boston Celtics, whose schedule was just recently announced, are slated for only one nationally televised contest for their entire upcoming season. Cumberlandâ€™s Little Leaguers beat that slim total in just a weekend.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — As 10,732 eyes stared at him and millions more watched worldwide, Cumberland’s shortstop/pitcher CJ Davock blocked it all out.
It was just he and the pitcher. The frustration of an inning earlier was gone. An opportunity awaited and redemption was at hand.
Davock pounded on it, earned it and kept a dream alive.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Cumberland manager Dave Belisle and coach Matthew Wright proved they learned from their 2011 Little League World Series experience.
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The players are having as much fun as the players from 2011 did.
The coaches, though, have changed their message a bit this time.
The Cumberland American Little League is back at the Little League World Series for a second time in four years. And this time it thinks it can stay a little longer.
Those who have closely followed the chronicles of Cumberland American this summer are well aware of Trey Bourque’s offensive prowess. For those late to the game, let’s examine the youngster’s stat line from the New England Little League Regional tournament.
As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American are discovering this week, there’s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle – how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? – can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, “All of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.”
PROVIDENCE â€“ For a different and perhaps refreshing change of pace, Ed Cooley wonâ€™t have to worry about juggling timeouts, what instructions to bark out or rack his brain in hopes of recalling the vivid details of the oppositionâ€™s scouting report.
As Cooley and his Providence College Friars embark on a 10-day, three-game exhibition swing through Europeâ€™s sunny peninsula, the head coach does so with somewhat of a lightened load. During PCâ€™s three exhibition contests against Italian competition, Cooley will let his assistant coaches run the show while he sits and observes.
PAWTUCKET --The very presence of Magic Johnson at McCoy Stadium on Sunday offered an interesting juxtaposition.
Here was the NBA legend, standing on the same plush and well-manicured field that became second nature to Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa during the past two seasons. The two former PawSox pitchers represent the prospect-laden haul the Red Sox received from Johnsonâ€™s Dodgers when the two teams ironed out a blockbuster trade that is rapidly approaching its two-year anniversary.
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It's a bus ride that will never get old for Cumberland American Little League.
The newly crowned New England Regional champions left Bristol, Conn., Sunday morning for Williamsport, Pa., and the Little League World Series.
"They left via coach bus at nine in the morning," Eastern Region assistant director Patrick Holden said.
BRISTOL, Conn. – Perhaps 30 minutes after the Cumberland American All-Stars had sustained a 5-3 walk-off loss to Fairfield American of Connecticut on Tuesday night, manager Dave Belisle conducted a meeting in the team dorm.
In essence, he told his bunch to keep their heads up, that they had played well in the defeat and to believe in themselves as they always did.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Manager Kevin Boles doesnâ€™t pretend to be unaware of the fact that his Pawtucket Red Sox are now in the throes of a pennant race, something that in recent years has been an annual staple of August baseball around these parts.
â€śThereâ€™s a buzz and definitely aware whatâ€™s going on. They want to accomplish some special things,â€ť Boles said. â€śWeâ€™re here to develop winning ballplayers.â€ť
PAWTUCKET – When reached early Sunday afternoon, Jim Mello admitted he's had a lot on his mind over the previous few days.
Ever since his Collette Vacations Post 79 squadron captured its first-ever R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament title with back-to-back 8-2 and 9-6 victories over the Newport-area's R&R Construction last Wednesday at McCarthy Field, he's had to prepare loads of paperwork.
In fact, he mentioned he was still trying to complete all of the necessary forms on his kitchen table.
BRISTOL, Conn. – Cumberland American’s All-Stars had inflicted a lot of pain to opponents with three walk-off hits on their road here to the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center.
On Tuesday afternoon, they shockingly were on the receiving end.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Matt Spring is a career minor-league catcher who gets it.
You wonâ€™t find his name mentioned in the same way as acclaimed youngsters Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, two under-25 prospects who are viewed by many as potential catchers-of-the-future for the rebuilding Boston Red Sox.
Meanwhile, Spring sits three months shy of his 30th birthday, and is in the midst of his first extended stay at the Triple-A level with the PawSox.